The Nashville Predators have watched a five-game losing streak all but erase any hope of the team reaching the playoffs this season, and will now see three talented forwards officially end their season and go under the knife in hopes of being ready for training camp in the fall. Colin Wilson, Gabriel Bourque and Paul Gaustad all saw their seasons cut short by injury, and while that may have put a damper on this season, they are doing the right thing in focusing on the future rather than attempting to play at less than full strength the rest of the season.
Wilson was leading the Predators in scoring when he went down with a shoulder injury in early March. His seven goals and 19 points had him on pace for one of the best offensive seasons of his career. Gaustad has missed 17 games this season due to injury and has only managed two goals and five points when he has been in the lineup. He will also have shoulder surgery in hopes of being able to make a greater contribution next season. Bourque is tied for the team lead in goals with 11, despite missing the last five games with a knee injury. He will also need surgery, and is vital that the Predators wait until he is at full strength before letting him return to action. Bourque has shown consistent improvement in each season with the team and should be a big part of their plans moving forward.
Mixed in with all the bad news is the good news that Filip Forsberg could make his NHL debut for the Predators as early as Sunday. The Swedish forward, acquired from the Washington Capitals in a trade for Martin Erat, was the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft.